Nissan "Juke Box" 19,000-watt sound system on four wheels
By C.C. Weiss
June 19, 2012
The Nissan Juke may be one of the fugliest cars on the market today, but the growing number of funky special editions is making it pretty interesting. We've seen the 480-hp Juke R and the kitted out Juke Nismo, and now we have the Juke Box, a Juke that's outfitted in 19,000 watts of speakers.
To create the new party on wheels, Juke Europe teamed up with Ministry of Sound, a UK-based nightclub and event company. The goal was to reproduce some of the audio superiority of the custom-built sound system that rattles the sprung dance floor in the Box room of Ministry of Sound's London nightclub. Toward that end, the parties reached out to Martin Audio, which designed the original Box system.
The team decided to outfit the Juke with one of the speaker stacks that comprise the Box's six-stack system. Obviously the system didn't fit naturally in a small crossover the way it does in a room built specifically for the purpose, so the parties had to carve up the Juke's interior and build custom enclosures for the mobile stereo.
The resulting system is built more for a surrounding audience than the driver, as it faces outward from the back of the Juke. A pair of driver boxes mounted to articulating arms swing upwards when the hatch is open, to get out of the way of the 18-inch subwoofers. The system pumps out 18,900 watts and screams up to 150 decibels. The accompanying stereo equipment fills up the hatch and spills over into the passenger seat.
Since the Juke Box is basically a rolling party, it includes a PA system and mobile DJ booth. It also has a built-in radio station that allows music played on the system to be captured for broadcast on Ministry of Sound's digital radio app. Ambient lighting completes the party package.
The Juke Box made its debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans this past weekend. Nissan will be touring Europe with the car throughout the summer, hosting DJ parties. Ministry of Sound will bring the party to those that can't attend via "Nissan Juke Box Sessions," which will air on its digital radio station every Monday. People will be able to tune in to the sessions and request tracks using a widget integrated into Nissan's Facebook page.
Some of the experience of listening to the "world's ultimate mobile sound system" is certainly lost when translating it through "not-ultimate-in-any-way" computer audio, but you can at least get a better look at the Juke Box project in the video below.